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Old 09-06-09, 07:26 PM   #1
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Chasing the Clouds .............

I got up early this morning and figured I better get out early if I wanted to ride, at all.

The weather has been pretty iffy the last few days, much cooler and thunderstorms kicking up, every day.

I looked out the window, patches of blue sky, mostly heavy grey black clouds circling in up against the mountain behind me.

I checked the thermometer, got some breakfast going and waited for it to warm up a bit.

I needed to get out today, blow some cob-webs out. A catharsis. Re-set the brain a bit. Put some personal upheaval behind me.

Chase the clouds away, as it were.

I finally hit the road, and when I went to take the first picture of the day, the camera did .............. nothing. Dead battery. Idiot.

I rode my beloved Peg, one of the fastest 50 miles I ever remember doing, all the while chasing the clouds.

I got home, feeling good, feeling tired and spent.

My family met me and welcomed me like a returning hero.

No pictures, apart from the one taken from home, after the ride.

I donít know if I chased the clouds away, but I did not get caught in the downpour and that means something.

I think.

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Old 09-06-09, 07:34 PM   #2
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I'm going to summer in Alberta as soon as I can get the kid off to college and the wife retired. At least that's my plan.
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Old 09-07-09, 06:12 AM   #3
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I left BC 12 years ago for work and when asked if I miss it, I honestly say "I miss the rain". Not the summer showers as we get plenty of that here but the lengthy steady soaking rains of the west coast. I always found them a great time to read, relax and reflect. Liquid sunshine!
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Old 09-07-09, 03:03 PM   #4
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Those clouds look like rain to me- but it all depends on wind direction and where they are.

I live in what used to be a rain belt. But about 10 years ago and a slight change in wind direction and I can see those clouds to the South of us- but they never get over the hills. Instead we are getting higher than usual wind and more frequent than I can remember.

But just wait- Next major ride I have planned is in a months time. Now shall I take the Goretex or the full wet suit?
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